If you’ve been writing over the summer, maybe you have a piece that’s ready for publication? Luckily, many presses are open for submissions again after taking a break for the summer, so this is the perfect time to start submitting your work! The following presses are all open and reading during September and October, and are actively seeking new/emerging writers to contribute to their collections.
Note: We are a creative writing school and compile these lists for the benefit of our students. We’re happy to answer questions about our courses but please don’t send us your publishing queries or submissions :). Instead, click on the green links to go to the publication’s website and look for their submissions page. For more great places to submit as well as our best tips on getting published, check out our other lists and resources.
(mac)ro(mic) is a web publisher of short fiction and nonfiction (under 1,000 words). They publish one piece a week and seek stories that are “worlds in words” and which “focus on expressing, not impressing.” They pay a flat fee of $15 per piece and review pieces on a rolling basis. No deadline.
The Quarter(ly) Journal is the literary magazine of Quarter Press (which is open to book-length submissions here). They publish themed journals four times a year and are looking for works that contain elements of the fantastic. They are currently accepting short stories (up to 10,000 words), graphic stories (up to twenty pages), poetry (up to five poems), visual art, and analyses/interviews/reviews (up to 10,000 words) for the following themes: Ends (deadline November 30), Burn This Fucker Down (deadline February 28), and Let’s Go to the Movies (deadline May 31).
55 Fathoms Publishing is open for fiction and creative nonfiction book submissions (40,000 to 120,000 words), and also publishes literary and literary-speculative stories through their magazine Orca. They are “committed to diversity of identities, origins, and perspectives” and publish writers from around the world. No deadline. Book authors note: books chosen for publication are given a small advance, and authors earn 25% of royalties once the book pays out.
Amuse-Bouche is a project of Lunch Ticket literary magazine, and publishes inclusive, social-justice-oriented work. They’re looking for flash fiction (under 1,000 words), short stories (fiction and nonfiction, up to 3,500 words), essays (up to 3,500 words), and poetry (no line limit but limit to three poems per submission) and are open to submissions until November 1.
Bard and Sages Quarterly leans speculative, so if you have a piece with science fiction, fantasy, or horror elements in it they want to read it! The editors note that “from the whimsical and lighthearted to the dark and terrifying, fans of speculative fiction will enjoy each issue.” They pay a flat fee of $30 for previously-unpublished stories up to 5,000 words, and $50 for previously-unpublished stories up to 20,000 words, as well as a flat fee of $20 for previously-published work. No hard deadlines, but they’re currently reading for their April 2023 issue.
Author: Beka Bevans